Pests invading a rental property can cause all sorts of trouble. Nobody likes a home filled with creepy crawlies nor the health and sanitation problems they can bring. Even though pest control duty typically falls on the renters, keeping your single-family rental properties free of common pests must be an important part of your routine maintenance program and one you should help your renters with handling.
At the same time, spraying harmful chemicals in and around a home is not always the best option. Residents with pets and children might be anxious about pesticides harming their loved ones, and residents with specific health conditions may be at risk as well. If this is the matter, then natural remedies for pest control is for you. A number of expert exterminators claim to use natural products, and those are worth knowing more about and maybe giving a list of preferred providers to your residents. But, there are things you and your residents can do as well to keep your Woodstock rental homes pest-free in natural, harmless ways.
One natural way is to use coffee grounds to manage the insects’ access points around the house. Many household pests dislike the smell, and so sprinkling your used coffee grounds in places where you think the bugs are entering through might be just as successful as a spray.
If you discover aphids consuming your yard’s landscaping, try burying a banana peel next to the affected plant. The peel is going to enrich the soil while keeping your yard bug-free.
If fruit flies are becoming problematic in the kitchen, try using apple cider vinegar to get rid of them. Simply pour a bit of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and poke a couple of small holes in the top. They’ll be drawn to the vinegar but will then become trapped under the plastic. No more fruit flies!
To deter other kinds of flies, consider keeping a pot of sweet basil next to the entrance. Rosemary and sage are two added herbs that help keep mosquitos at bay, a little anti-pest herb garden in the making.
Ants are another common pest that can be eliminated. Try pouring cornmeal in little piles where you’ve found ants, inside and out. The ants are going to eat the cornmeal, but won’t be able to digest it, and will ultimately die out. Another inexpensive and successful remedy is to mix dish soap with water in a spray bottle and spray the ants and their point of entry. Others include peppermint oil or leaves, which is also useful in keeping mice at bay.
Effective pest control doesn’t need to be pricey or detrimental to your health. Nonetheless, if your Woodstock rental home does get invaded, you should get a property management company that can help find the best solutions to unwanted pests. At Real Property Management East Cobb, we offer customized and comprehensive property maintenance that is guaranteed to protect your real estate investment from pests or anything else that could cause your property value to diminish. For more information, please contact us online or call us at 770-622-5657 today!